Coronavirus reopenings: How it looks as lockdowns ease around the world

From the US to Indonesia, Germany to Pakistan, Canada to New Zealand, the world is coming back to life. But it looks very different than it used to.

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Germany: Political conference at a drive-in

May and June have seen the tentative, gradual reopening of schools, retail outlets and houses of worship around the globe. The extent of the easing varies from country to country and city to city. But one thing is for sure: Most parts of the world look very different than they did just a few months ago and likely will for some time. Here are some examples.  

On June 6, delegates at a conference for German political party SPD Dortmund display paper ballots from the windows of their cars. The party is holding its conference, and the assembly of representatives before the local elections, at an open air drive-in cinema in western Germany to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. Most restrictions on public life in Germany due to COVID-19 have now been lifted. 

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US Limited capacity at the Great Mall of America

A store inside the massive Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, advertises limited hours and limited store capacity on June 10, the first day the mall was open since March. The mall initially planned to reopen on June 1, but the opening date got pushed back due to widespread unrest in the area over the death of George Floyd in police custody

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Indonesia: Not all mall urinals can be used

At another shopping mall, Jakarta's Senayan City, every other urinal is blocked on June 9 to comply with social distancing protocols. The mall reopens June 15.

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Belgium: Dividers between treadmills

Plastic screens divide treadmills at a fitness center in Hannut, Belgium, on June 8, the first day of the country's phase 3 of reopening.  

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India: Hairdressers protect themselves

Hairdressers clad in protective coveralls, shoes and gloves tend to customers in a New Delhi salon on June 5. 

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Hungary: Social distancing at the synagogue

Members of the Thokoly street synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, attend Friday evening Sabbath prayers on June 5 while observing social distancing. 

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India: Escalators marked for social distancing

In a reopened shopping mall in Bangalore, India, on June 10, visitors use escalators marked with social distancing signs. 

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Canada: Social distancing stalls

In the parking lot of the Burnaby Winter Club in Burnaby, Canada, on May 7, kids put on their hockey gear in outdoor, socially distant stalls. The club reopened May 6 for the first time since March 13, though a return to games and full hockey practices appears to still be a ways off. 

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US: Apple stores open, with new rules

On May 13 in Charleston, South Carolina, Apple store workers and security guards prepare customers to enter the reopened store. Visitors now have to have their temperatures taken and wear masks in the store. Apple is also reopening some stores in Florida, California, Washington, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Colorado and around the world. 

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Pakistan: Getting disinfected before shopping

A woman walks through a disinfecting gate before entering a shopping mall in Karachi on May 19. 

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Germany: Spaced-out dressing rooms

Every other changing room at a store in Dresden, Germany, can be seen cordoned off with tape on May 6 to keep customers apart from one another as they try on clothes. Shopping centers in the state of Saxony were allowed to reopen as of May 5.  

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Spain: Trying on shoes a new way

On May 6, a customer at a shop in Vitoria in northern Spain tries on shoes with a plastic bag and gloves. Small shops in the area were allowed to open in early May, with clients attended to individually and by appointment. 

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London: Narrower roads, wider sidewalks

On London's Seven Sisters Road on May 19, a sign indicates that the road has been narrowed to vehicles to allow those walking on the sidewalk more space for social distancing.

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Spain: Worshippers return to church

A worshipper sits in a chapel at Sevilla Cathedral in Sevilla, Spain, on May 11. That's the day the province started the first phase of reducing confinement measures established by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

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New Zealand: Space between train seats

Signs on a commuter train in Wellington, New Zealand, show passengers where to sit to follow social distancing measures. Shopping malls, cinemas, playgrounds and other public spaces reopened starting May 14, the day this photo was taken. 

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Switzerland: Training, with extra space

During a May 11 Wushu martial arts training session in Bern, Switzerland, participants practice on a floor divided with white lines for social distancing. 

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Greece: Manicure through a divider

A masked and gloved worker at a beauty salon in Athens, Greece, gives a customer a manicure from behind a plexiglass screen on May 4. That's the day the Greek government gradually started to ease restrictions on citizens' movement and allow retail stores and businesses to operate in stages.

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Ireland: Small groups convene in public

Friends from different households keep their distance while meeting in a Belfast park on May 19. Ireland is moving into the second phase of easing restrictions. 

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Belgium: Socially distant retail lines

Customers practice social distancing in line at a bike shop in Namur, Belgium, on May 11, the first day of a partial lifting of the lockdown introduced two months earlier to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

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Israel: Body scans at airport

A machine scans body temperatures at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on May 14 as the airport gradually began to resume operations with new guidelines in place. 

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The Netherlands: Dividers between theater seats

Before the Markant Uden theater in Uden, Netherlands, welcomed audiences again on June 1, it did a test run with plexiglass screens behind seats and partitions in between them. The theater presents live performances. 

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China: Students measured for fever

Primary school students get their temperatures taken as they enter school in Pingdingshan City, China, on May 8.

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Bangladesh: Praying farther apart

Muslims pray at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 8, while observing social distancing. The government has allowed mass prayers to resume as part of its move to ease the lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against COVID-19. Before entering the mosque, worshippers get sprayed with disinfectant. 

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Germany: An altered gym experience

At a gym in Dinslaken, Germany, on May 11, every other treadmill is taped off to keep gym goers from getting too close. As authorities continue to ease lockdown restrictions nationwide, businesses are reopening, tourism is becoming possible again and more children are back in school. At the same time, health experts are monitoring infection rates carefully for signs of any resurgence. 

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France: Shampoo bowl distancing

Employees of the Tchip hair salon in northern France carry out a test run on May 8 before officially reopening for business. The test included markers on the floor to keep customers far enough away from one another. 

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France: More salon cautionary measures

At another French salon, this one in Paris, Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire (left) speaks on May 5 with a hairdresser who prepared his salon for reopening with dividers between shampoo bowls.

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Poland: Temperature checks at shopping malls

A guard outside the Bonarka mall in Krakow, Poland, checks visitors' body temperatures as they enter the shopping center on May 8. Shopping centers across the country have started to reopen after seven weeks of lockdown, but with limits on the number of shoppers allowed in. 

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Germany: Distancing lessons for students

In the schoolyard at the Petri primary school in Dortmund, Germany, on May 7, students get a lesson on social distancing from school director Juan Carlos Boeck. The school reopened the week of May 4 for some pupils following lockdown. 

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Indonesia: Studying, but not too close

Students at an Islamic boarding school in Bogor, Indonesia, keep their distance while reciting Quran at the Daarul Quran Mosque on May 8. 

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Germany: Museum reminds visitors to stay apart

At the German Historical Museum in Berlin, a sign on the floor at the entrance to the exhibit "Hannah Arendt and the Twentieth Century" reminds visitors to keep their distance.  

The exhibition opens May 11 and traces Arendt's observations on subjects including totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, refugees and the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. Museums across Germany are beginning to reopen as authorities continue to ease coronavirus lockdown measures. 

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